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Detroit to Africa: Dr. Tierra Bills builds a road to success

For Dr. Tierra Bills, Ph.D., education was an integral part of growing up; her grandparents and family made certain of it. “I think that in my family education has always been valued and held in very high regard,” says the Florida A&M graduate. Bills’ mother was a teacher at her K-12 school, Aisha Shule/W.E.B. Dubois Preparatory Academy. “My mom basically taught me all of my life — at home and all through s ...

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Vaudeville re-booted

On Sept. 26, Detroit-based physical theatre company, The Hinterlands, will begin performing their new play, “The Circuit,” described as “an ecstatic variety show for the outcasts of the Internet age.” A “high-octane-seize-no-prisoner” take on vaudeville, every aspect of the show — the book, the music, and the performance space itself — has been carefully crafted by the company for maximum effect. Since 2009 ...

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Lord Jessiah releases new album “Grounds of Detroit”

Lord Jessiah is a hip hop producer who has stuck with the sonic fundamentals of the craft, matching sample loops with street rhymes that beat straight to the soul. His new album, “Grounds of Detroit,” is a throwback to 90s era hip hop, when songs reflected the rawness of the blocks, unlike today’s rap music, which tends to be more polished for pop appeal. ...

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Detroit North End Healing

The strip of Oakland Avenue in Detroit’s North End district may be riddled with vacant homes and fire-damaged structures, but the historical significance of the region has kept the people together over the years — fighting to renew the history of a community once known for greatness. On Aug. 24, over 200 people gathered at the Oakland Avenue Community Garden & Greenhouse, located at 9354 Oakland Avenue in D ...

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Fashion designer crafts gala out of talent and tragedy

Designer Mark England never stopped sketching, sewing, styling, illustrating and breathing fashion — even after being diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year. So once the chemotherapy stopped and the doctors cleared him, he went right back to work. Since then, England has made it a mission to use his skill and trade to raise awareness in the fight against cancer . ...

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‘Idol’ gives message of redemption

Faith, money, fame and redemption make up “Idol,” the latest stage play set to hit the Paul Roberson Theater at Northwestern Activities Center on September 7. Produced by Janaya Black, “Idol” stars Kamal Smith, Dez Cortez, Nunu Thurman, DeLorean Cotton, Delores Harris, Michael C. Lee, Martini Harris and London Allen. “Idol” depicts the struggle of a young Christian man Rico Williams, played by Kamal Smith, ...

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Detroit reborn through hip hop and hard work

The Rebirth Experience concert and community activist event is scheduled to bring light and energy to Detroit through a weekend of hip hop music and hard work. The event will take place beginning the evening of Aug. 30, leading up to the main event concert featuring the group dead prez Aug. 31. The event was organized by community activists Yusef Bunchy Shakur and Greg “GMAC” McKenzie of The Urban Network. ...

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Obsidian Blues helps young writers develop

The case of Trayvon Martin, as seen on TV, social media and in newspapers, has left a deep impact on young men and women of color throughout the nation. In Detroit, the hoodied face resembles the thousands of youngpeople that annually end up in prison, injured or even dead as a result of urban violence. Obsidian Blues, a writing program developed by local artist Sherina Sharpe, has been working with a group ...

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Documentary screening to start conversation about Native Americans

East Michigan Environmental Action Council, 5E, Heru, and the American Indian Health and Family Services are hosting a film screening of “Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience” Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. at the D. Blair Theater of the Cass Corridor Commons. Focusing on the lives and experiences of the native/indigenous community in the Midwest, “Our Fires Still Burn” is a one-hour documentary that wor ...

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Q Harper to perform at House of Bastet

MySound Productions presents music artist Q Harper Sept. 1 at the House of Bastet in Detroit. Q Harper’s musical style includes soul, R&B, funk, blues and jazz with a hint of gospel. At the performance, he will reveal his new single “She’s so Many Women” and perform songs from his first album “One.” ...

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